06.19.08

Burr, Dole Urge Confirmation Of N.C. Judge To U.S. Court Of Appeals

Judge Conrad supremely qualified to serve

U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole today called for the quick confirmation of Judge Robert Conrad of North Carolina. They spoke at a press conference hosted by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Judge Conrad was nominated by President Bush to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on July 17, 2007.

"Bob Conrad is a very qualified nominee with a long history of public service and he has a reputation as a fair and capable judge," Burr said. "His confirmation has been delayed for over 330 days and it is wrong to hold up this nomination, especially when he has been unanimously confirmed by the Senate twice before. Unfortunately for North Carolina, Judge Conrad is not alone. I urge my colleagues to stop blocking these nominations and give Judge Conrad and Thomas Farr a hearing."

"Like Judge Conrad, Thomas Farr's nomination to the federal bench has languished far too long without so much as a hearing," said Dole. "Nearly 600 days ago, Thomas Farr was nominated to serve as a District Court Judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Both of these dedicated public servants are abundantly qualified to serve on the bench, and it's high time their nominations were given appropriate consideration by the Judiciary Committee."

Conrad is a 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. In 1989, he became an Assistant United States Attorney in Charlotte. President George W. Bush appointed Conrad to serve as United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina in 2001 and he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. In 2003, he was nominated by the President and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte. He is currently serving as the Chief U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is located in Richmond, Virginia, and hears appeals from cases filed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. North Carolina is the most populous state in the Fourth Circuit and currently, only one judge on the fifteen judge bench is from North Carolina.